Friday 23 March 2018

What now for the 80,000 Irish drivers who may yet be victims of this scandal?

Diesels now account for over 75pc of new cars on our roads and it's a worrying time for owners, writes Geraldine Herbert

Martin Winterkorn
Martin Winterkorn
Geraldine Herbert

Geraldine Herbert

The scandal engulfing Volkswagen, which has admitted cheating on diesel vehicle emissions tests in the US, has now spread to Europe.

The German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt confirmed that Volkswagen's emissions-data-manipulation software was present on cars sold in Europe and about 2.8 million vehicles in Germany are affected, including the smaller 1.2-litre engine cars.

The number of Irish cars fitted with a 'defeat device' could run to 80,000, based on the number of new Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen cars sold here between 2009 and 2014. A spokesperson for Volkswagen in Ireland has indicated that it will be early next week before exact figures for Ireland emerge.

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